The original Montbretia was bred by the French plant breeder Lemoine who was best known for his Lilac and Peony hybrids. From1880 onwards, Crocosmias or Montbretias as they were then known, filled the gardens of Victorian and Edwardian Britain. From it were bred short, grassy-leaved forms, including the dark-leaved Crocosmia `Solfatare' (now Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora `Solfatare'), which appeared in literature before 1897. This plant thrives in frost-sheltered western areas, but is not truly hardy and needs plenty of moisture. It is not a vigorous garden plant, despite its Award of Garden Merit. Crocosmia crocosmiiflora ‘Gerbe d’Or’ (Coleton Fishacre) on the other hand, has very similar attributes, dark olive green foliage and deep apricot flowers, but is a much more enduring and hardy variety in the garden. 60cm tall.
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates a wide range of soils except heavy, poorly drained ones. Prefers rich, moist soils in full sun to moderate shade. When foliage and flowers depreciate in winter, plants may be cut to the ground.
Can be planted in most soil types. Use in mixed perennial borders for late summer and autumn effect.
Pruning \ Aftercare : Remove faded flowers as required.